Benin Royal Hotel, Cotonou and its Memorable FAM Tour


The Departure

The convergence of the gentlemen of the press and the tour agencies from Nigeria for a special FAM tour to the coveted Benin Royal Hotel, Cotonou emanated from Mile 2, in Lagos, Nigeria where adequate arrangements for a seamless travel had been made, having two air-conditioned and full options vehicles that conveyed the team for the three hours journey, covering Lagos-Badagry-Seme corridor and ended within the ECOWAS border.

(L-R) Ayo Omotosho, CEO Travelogue TV, John Olumuyiwa, Editor-In-Chief Travelscope Magazine and Joanne Ali- Owolabi, CEO Connoisseur Travel and Tours at Mile 2, Lagos

Despite the ongoing constructions on the that axis, it was still a smooth ride to the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic. Expectedly, the immigration protocols took much of the time but the team were warmly received and subsequently picked up by the Benin Royal Hotel’s fully air-conditioned and well equipped shuttle bus with WIFI on board from the border to the hotel located at Toxi Labo area, on the Militare Maro street, in the city centre of Cotonou, the economic nerve of Benin Republic, which is just about 5km to the international Airport at Cadjehun area.

Ayo Omotosho, CEO Travelogue TV standing by to move with the rest of the team in the WIFI fitted shuttle bus of Benin Royal Hotel, Cotonou

(Arrival) Nomination Ceremony Invitation

Having checked in promptly on arrival at the hotel, the team rested a while and later participated in a strictly by special invitation event organised by the leading tourism organization in Benin, the Consortium Touristes Par Millions Au Benin (CTM-Benin) to attend the nomination ceremony of Miss Bezayit Gizachew, a beauty Queen and an influencer from Ethiopia who was appointed as the CTM-Benin Ambassador.

The ceremony could be classified a grandeur in all sense of it and a very colorful one which had the creme de la of the tourism sector in the country in attendance, held in one of the five events hall situated within the beautiful Benin Royal hotel.

The team at the CTM-Benin Nomination Ceremony of Amb. Beyizat Gizachew at Benin Royal Hotel, Cotonou

Press Briefing

Having had a great arrival, it was time to get into action, this time, it was a press briefing by the President and Director General of Benin Royal Hotel, Cotonou in person of Amb. Dine BOURAIMA flanked by his team Mr. Vissoh and Madam Victorie who received the team in another beautiful event hall within the hotel.

Amb. Bouraima gave the historical background of the hotel, the current situation, future projections and the challenges bedevilling the sector which he believed are surmountable.

He emphasised the importance of collaboration between Nigeria and Benin Republic in order to create a win-win situation.

The team after the press briefing with Amb. Dine Bouraima and his team at Ireti Hall within the property

Showcasing Benin Royal Hotel, Cotonou

Benin Royal Hotel is a suigeneris, the first four star hotel to get the 4 star rating from the government as an indegenous hotel since 2014 and it was declared opened by the former President of Benin Republic, HE, Yayi Boni and has been operating since then with 65 rooms of different categories, ranging from standard, double, royal and diplomatic suites.

The restaurants serve both local and continental cuisines to their numerous clientele from all over the world.

BRH boasts of one of the best poolside in Cotonou, occupying a space at the 5th floor of the hotel, a structure that could be compared to those in Dubai, New York and South Africa.

From the reception to the room services, the members of staff are well trained to render to their customers super services promptly.

Undoubtedly, BRH represents the best of comfortability as expressed by the team that participated, a great example per excellence when it comes to hotelling.

Cotonou City Tour

Part of the itinerary was a tour of Cotonou city where the team visited the longest wall painting in West Africa-Mur don which explains the narratives of the country, pre independence to the modern times.

A group photograph of the team at the longest wall paintings that adorn Cotonou city

Also, the tour guide, Cleopatre KOUGNIAZONDE, a professional in her chosen field, explained to the tourists in details everything needed to know about the raison d’etre the paintings.

The Amazon Statue

The team also visited the new tourism representation of Benin, the Amazon, Agohjie in local term. The structure stands majestically, the image of a female warrior representing the the women fighters who stood by their male counterparts to defend their country during the ancient onslaughts.

It was a breathtaking and majestic structure that beautifies the sky of Cotonou like never before, a must see by the global tourists.

Karaoke Night

Returning to the hotel after the tour then came another engagement in the itinerary, this time it was a karaoke time where the team had a great fun winning, dinning and dancing all endlessly all night, just by the attractive poolside that adorns the roof top, 5th floor of the hotel over looking the city.

The team at the roof top pool for the Karaoke Night

Obama Beach Party

The tour climaxed with a beach party at one of the beautiful beaches of Cotonou, the Obama Beach where another round of entertainment was presented to the team till night fell, leaving them with a lasting memories that would make them return and inform others to visit to Benin especially the enchanting Cotonou and stay at Benin Royal Hotel.

The team expressed their appreciation to Amb. Dine BOURAIMA for the hospitality by showcasing to them the comfortability of Benin Royal Hotel.

The FAM Tour was packaged by Kazeem Balogun, CEO, Kalo Africa Media, facilitated by Amb. Dine BOURAIMA, President and Director General Benin Royal Hotel and supported by Benin Royal Hotel, Cotonou.

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